Nick Autiello, Contributor
The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.
Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Josh Akman, Columnist
Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.
For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.
Stephanie Rushford, Columnist
Fiscal conservatives cannot in good faith agree with Proposition 8 or any laws against marriage equality. Laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act unfairly tax Americans for benefits that many will never receive.
Jay Carmona, Columnist – Debut Column
By not denouncing violent signs and rhetoric, as well as freely associating with groups widely known to be hate groups, NOM is advocating for the opposite of a world of happy families and children: a world where deviation from norms and “tradition”—nay, innovation—is punished with violence, where you are judged not by the good you do in the world but by whom you love and how you love them.
As pundits guess who President Obama will nominate to replace retiring Justice Stevens, the issue of gay marriage is never far-removed from the conversation. The stakes are high because Ted Olsen and David Boies, former adversaries during the controversial Bush v. Gore case that stifled the Florida recount, have forged an unlikely partnership almost certain to bring Perry v. Schwarzenegger, their challenge to Proposition 8, before the Supreme Court within the next two years. But what few liberals or conservatives understand is that Justice Kennedy, the court’s swing vote, has already decided that legalizing gay marriage will be his legacy.
Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Liberal
Theodore Olson and David Boies are challenging Proposition 8 as a civil rights issue in front of the Supreme Court in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, and they aren’t saying anything new. Or so they say.
Noah Baron, Religious Progressive
We are investing millions of dollars in referenda and lobbying to achieve marriage equality in the Northeast and West, and often losing in the process – and at the same time, we are leaving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in the mid-West and South behind.
Marriage cannot be redefined by the government or gay rights activists, but full, equal civil unions must be available.
The New York State Senate’s decision to deny civil rights to gays will only further empower the marriage equality movement.
The struggle for equality is perpetual and without satisfaction. Its cause is righteous in our minds, but intractable in our condition.
Maine decriminalizes marijuana but bans gay marriage — what happened and why.
On October 11, thousands of Americans will march for equal rights for LGBT people in Washington DC.
Extending full marriage rights to gay couples could save thousands of babies from being aborted every year.
Liberals have been described as “unAmerican” – in reality, many liberals are just as patriotic as their conservative counterparts claim to be.
A gay marriage supporter defends religion’s right to define marriage and express religious freedom.
Meghan McCain needs to learn she can’t be “BFF” with Rachel Maddow and conservatives at the same time.
Conservative Columnist Cynthia Meyer strikes back at Mallory Pernell over the meaning of social conservatism. Cynthia Meyer, Staff Writer Ideology: Conservative | Writing From: Austin, Texas Social conservatives are often [...]